The only thing worse than Terrorists are Tyrants!
Well, the PATRIOT Act, a law with some serious constitutional concerns, has been renewed for four more years thanks to some bipartisan statism, as Corie Whalen put it, in the United States Congress.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gave in and allowed amendments to be brought to the floor - but not before essentially saying that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who single-handedly brought the Senate to standstill on the issue, was siding with terrorists, they were rejected. It also became clear that Senate Republicans were working to railroad Paul, with most of the caucus voting with Democrats to prevent the government from snooping on gun owners.
Ironically, six years ago, it was Reid fighting against renewal of the PATRIOT Act. In fact, they had actually taken credit for killing it (it would later pass). But Reid is now repeating the downright false claims he once rightly slammed Republicans for.
In the end, the PATRIOT Act was passed in the House (250 to 153, 31 Republicans voted against it) and the Senate (72 to 23). And it has already been signed into law via autopen (seriously?). But the debate over the civil liberties protected by the Fourth Amendment is alive and well and we have Sen. Rand Paul, who gave an empassioned speech on the need to restrain government yesterday, to thank for it."